$21M settlement reached in Texas EMS agencies, hospital whistleblower suit. Exposing Misconduct.

$21M settlement reached in Texas EMS agencies, hospital whistleblower suit

July 28, 2018

TYLER, Texas — Two EMS agencies and a hospital agreed to a $21 million settlement in a whistleblower case.

Tyler Paper reported that the former East Texas Medical Center, Paramedics Plus and Emergency Medical Services Authority agreed to the settlement in a federal lawsuit that alleged the involved parties were part of an illegal kickback scheme.

According to the lawsuit, East Texas Medical Center and Paramedics Plus created a slush fund to pay $20 million in kickbacks, which came in the form of political contributions and cash payments to contractors.

Attorney Patrick O’Connell, who represents the original whistleblower, Dr. Stephen Dean, first brought the case forward in 2014.

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